Review - Zilwa Attitude Hotel Mauritius

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We stayed at Zilwa in the north of Mauritius for two weeks on an all inclusive basis at the end of November and quite frankly it was the best hotel we've ever stayed in along with the best holiday we've ever had too. Granted it was our honeymoon so we more than likely would of had the best time wherever we went but I have zero regrets about staying at Zilwa and we're already planning on going back for our 10 year wedding anniversary with parents in tow too! The hotel is pretty much as far as you can get away from the airport with an hours transfer which isn't that bad but after a 12 hour flight (if you manage to get a direct flight from the UK) it's something you could really do without, but the hotel looked amazing online and the weather is supposed to be the best in the North so we persevered. When you arrive at Zilwa you're met by the friendliest staff with the biggest smiles who give your bags to the bellboy and walk you through the stunning walkway into the hotel. As soon as you get into the hotel we were met with an absolutely breathtaking view (the one in the photo directly above!), genuinely I had tears in my eyes it was that beautiful - the infinity pool, the plush open bar, the white sandy beach and still clear turquoise waterside far as the eye can see! We were then given a welcome sugarcane cocktail and a refreshing cold cloth whilst they checked you in.

We'd upgraded our room to a seview which I'd 100% recommend paying the extra for, as it's a view to die for! The rooms themselves are described as traditional Mauritian Islander theme which online looked like they could feel quite basic but they were actually super plush! The rooms are all open plan with polished concrete floor, a giant open shower, a huge bed, loads of storage, a mini bar, large day bed and a massive balcony with a really comfy sofa, chair and table for you to enjoy the view from. There was a massive window in room too meaning you could see the amazing sea view all the way from the entrance to the room. The room is decorated in driftwood, shells, and lovely whites & yellows which give the room a really clean summery feel.

There's 5 pools to choose from, one being an incredible infinity pool at the top of the hotel with sea views and the main bar on hand, but we actually spent most of our time on 1 of the 3 private beaches. Even on days where we didn't make it down to the pool or beach until the early afternoon we never struggled to get a bed in our favourite spots despite the hotel being fully booked up. There was also a private island owned by the hotel which you could visit for a free traditional Mauritian BBQ, live acoustic music while you ate and a secluded beach for about 20 people a day - I'd definitely recommend booking this if you go to the hotel.

With regards to food and drink there were 4 main restaurants in the evening, the buffet restaurant which was better than most restaurants I've visited in the UK and nothing like a buffet you'd get on an all inclusive in Europe, a Chinese restaurant, a seafood restaurant on the beach and the most incredible Indian restaurant we've ever eaten in. The food everywhere was incredible and there was always something for everyone plus the option to choose traditional Mauritian curries for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Spirits were local brands with the option to purchase premium brands, but with the 2 pages of cocktails available you really didn't need to splash out on them. We ended up drinking Zilwas most night, a short cocktail made from white rum, brown sugar, lemons, limes, angostura bitters and plenty of crushed ice.

There were plenty of free activities from table tennis and beach volleyball, to a glass bottom boat tour & snorkelling trips plus all the water-sports you could dream of. Most days we took the kayaks out and spent a good hour splashing around on the clear still sea. We did attempt the stand up paddle boards one day but they're much harder than they look! The glass bottom boat takes you to the edge of the reef with the most spectacular views and beautiful fish that congregate all around the boat - there's actually a mini video on my instagram here of the beautiful views if you're interested! There's also an option to go out on the hotels own catamaran for £70 a couple, much cheaper than the excursions your rep will try and sell you plus you literally leave from the beach via a little speedboat to get you out to the catamaran on low tide days, so there's no musky coach trip! You get a BBQ on the boat, unlimited drinks, a stop for snorkelling on the incredible reef edge, a visit to the mangroves and an afternoon on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

I'd wholeheartedly recommend this hotel, especially if you're looking to go for a honeymoon as you get lots of special extras like a romantic dinner on the beach, a bottle of lychee wine, discounts to the spa and a free straw hat for the men and a free straw bag for the ladies which we used pretty much every day! Also everyone who stays at Zilwa gets a fee pair of the comfiest pink & blue dodo flip flops in your room as a nice little extra!

Ps. huge thanks to my lovely husband for putting the video together!

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